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A week in Letterfrack area

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A week in Letterfrack area

We are a family of five with three kids age 10 and 6 ( twins), and have rented amcottage near Letterfrack fir a week in late June. We would love any tips for things to do, or places to eat,etc.

Of course we're planning Kylemore Abbey, walks in the national park ( but would appreciate any specific trail tips,etc), and know that clifden is a fairly large town nearby. But we are just at the outset of our research so would love any tips, especially considering the kids are along!

Thanks so much

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1. Re: A week in Letterfrack area

Not in the immediate area but not too far of a drive:

http://www.westporthouse.ie/

Killary Harbor cruise. A trip over to Cong for a look at the abbey.

Edited: 13 January 2014, 01:05
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2. Re: A week in Letterfrack area

Diamond Hill is a marvellous trail which begins and ends near Letterfrack. It is a well known trail to the top of Diamond Hill with stunning views from the top on a clear day. Suitable for ages 8 years and upwards. (The 6 year olds may be well able for it, but only you will know that, in any case, they can do some of it, if you think they may not be able for it all) The total up/down time is about 3 hours. Well worth doing.

Bring the kids to see the very emotional sculpture dedicated to the boys of Letterfrack Industrial school entitled 'If Only' A sad reminder of a dark time in Irish history but one which cannot be ignored. The sculpture is worth seeing.

The village of Letterfrack is very small and fairly isolated however it does have an excellent supermarket there which does stock everything

Discovery series map no. 37 is the perfect accompaniment for your trip to Letterfrack, it is a very detailed map of the area which will help you seek out any interesting nooks and crannies. It can be purchased online or possibly in the supermarket at Letterfrack.

A lovely part of the world to spend a week.

Edited: 13 January 2014, 09:04
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3. Re: A week in Letterfrack area

We spent two weeks in Letterfrack in late May of last year and loved it.

As Bryno says, the village is very small but the local market is well stocked. There are three supermarkets in Clifden. We found the Supervalu in town to be the best stocked. The Bard's Den is the local pub/food place in Letterfrack. The other pub is drinks only.

For trips- we found Kylemore to be a little too over the top though they had a good gift shop and cafe.

Our favorite drives from Letterfrack were through Clifden and to Roundstone along the coast. Then go through Roundstone and return to Clifden via the "bog road".

The Sky Road out of Clifden is spectacular on a clear day.

The road from Letterfrack east to Leenane is terrific with a stop at the Wool Center in Leenane. Then the road goes on toward Westport and south toward Cong and the lakes. Really a nice drive.

We'll be back this year in late May but just for a week.

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4. Re: A week in Letterfrack area

This map gives some points http://goo.gl/maps/iSQcB and this started and never finished link some of the N59 …activeboard.com/t50055177/n59-galway-route/ plus http://www.aughruspeninsula.com/

The area has taken a battering with the winter storms but local spirit and will should have the place back to normal before June, Keep an eye on http://www.connemara.net/events/ for what's on.

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5. Re: A week in Letterfrack area

Thank you so much for all the input! very helpful.

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6. Re: A week in Letterfrack area

A day trip over to Inishbofin would be a nice little adventure for the kids; the trip over doesn't take too long and the island is relatively car free. Bicycles (of variable quality and sizes) can be rented near the boat pier.

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7. Re: A week in Letterfrack area

Oh interesting. How do you get there? Is the ride very choppy?

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8. Re: A week in Letterfrack area

If you click the boat symbol on Inishboffin which is on the linked map you will get details.. The ride is seldom choppy but the boats are well capable of handling bad weather.

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9. Re: A week in Letterfrack area

The ferry departs from the village of Cleggan, with a travel time of about half an hour.

Details on inishbofinislanddiscovery.com

Sea conditions can of course be variable but you'll surely get a few calm days during your week.

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10. Re: A week in Letterfrack area

visit Leenane,

see...................Youtube " AT YOUR SERVICE PART 1 "

followed by PART 2 and PART 3

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